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Hugo Chavez says plans for attack on rival uncovered in Venezuela, government offers security
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ' Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that his government has received word of plans for an attack on his leading rival.
Chavez did not give details but said his government had information of a possible plot against opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles.
"I have information they want to attack Capriles, and we've offered security for his team," Chavez said in a telephone call broadcast live on state television.
The president said the director of the national intelligence agency met with Capriles' team. As for who might be behind such plans, Chavez said, "it's not the government, not at all."
"As a government, we're obliged to get involved in this situation and provide protection to any Venezuelan, and above all in this context," Chavez said.
Without giving details, Chavez said his government believes that "foreign groups or sectors" are behind the plans, the government-run radio station YVKE Mundial reported.
The Venezuelan leader made the remark two weeks after gunfire rang out at a political event where Capriles was meeting with residents of a traditionally pro-Chavez neighborhood. One young man, a supporter of Capriles, was injured in the shooting.
Officials in Capriles campaign didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.